Marília de Arruda Cardoso Smith

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Little is known about how genes expressed in blood relate to schizophrenia or antipsychotic use. We analyzed gene expression in 10 first-episode psychosis patients and nine controls using PCR Arrays. GABRR2 and CHRNA3 were found to be differentially expressed after risperidone treatment. These genes may be regulated by antipsychotic use.
The ribosomal RNA (rRNA) genes are located in nucleolus during active transcription and are transcribed by RNA polymerase I. This group of genes is involved in transcription and translation processes which can modulate gene expression. The association between rRNA levels and aging has been reported. In the present study, we investigated the ratio of mature(More)
Our study aimed to associate IL-1β and IL-1RN polymorphisms with AD disease in comparison with elderly control group from São Paulo - Brazil. We genotyped 199 Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients, 165 elderly control and 122 young control samples, concerning VNTR (IL-1RN) and -511C>T and -31T>C (IL-1β) polymorphisms. Our findings revealed that(More)
A study of the gene expression levels in the blood of individuals with schizophrenia in the beginning of the disease, such as first-episode psychosis (FEP), is useful to detect gene expression changes in this disorder in response to treatment. Although a large number of genetic studies on schizophrenia have been conducted, little is known about the effects(More)
AIMS Primarily, we sought to verify correlations among assessments for cognition, behaviour and functional independence in a sample of patients with dementia due to Alzheimer's disease (AD). Secondarily, impacts of education, APOE haplotypes, length of dementia, age and alcohol use over the neuropsychiatric assessment were estimated. METHODS Patients with(More)
We investigated the association of dopamine receptor D1 gene (DRD1) rs4532 polymorphism with antipsychotic treatment response in schizophrenia. We have analyzed 124 patients with schizophrenia, consisting of 59 treatment resistant (TR) and 65 non-TR. We found an association between G-allele and TR schizophrenia (p=0.001; adjusted OR=2.71). Setting the(More)
Emergence of depressive symptoms in schizophrenia results in a deteriorating course and poor prognosis. Schizophrenia and depressive disorder are both associated with low levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and with a longstanding low grade inflammatory state. The objective of this study is to analyze the relationship between these serum(More)
OBJECTIVE Several studies have shown cortical volume loss in frontotemporal regions in schizophrenia patients, and it is known that these reductions may be associated with disease symptoms and cognitive deficits. The aim of this study was to investigate possible cortical thickness correlations in frontotemporal regions in relation to age at onset and(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a highly prevalent type of dementia in the elderly population. AD is a complex neurodegenerative disorder. Thus, epigenetic mechanisms that regulate gene expression might have an important role in AD. CNP (2',3'-Cyclic Nucleotide 3' Phosphodiesterase) gene encodes a protein used as an index of myelin alterations. DPYSL2(More)
BACKGROUND MYC deregulation is a common event in gastric carcinogenesis, usually as a consequence of gene amplification, chromosomal translocations, or posttranslational mechanisms. FBXW7 is a p53-controlled tumor-suppressor that plays a role in the regulation of cell cycle exit and reentry via MYC degradation. METHODS We evaluated MYC, FBXW7, and TP53(More)